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From Latin aucupātus.


aucupate (third-person singular simple present aucupates, present participle aucupating, simple past and past participle aucupated)

  1. (obsolete) To hunt, to seek with vigilance.
    • 1601, William Percy, Mahomet and His Heaven:
      Now this is the howre, now this the half, now this is the Quarter, the Minute, the second, the third, the fourth, and so Fourth to the Tenth, that I do aucupate, or do gape after the slowe comming of my knave-booting Rascalls to Olympus with their venaisons alive
    • 1630, John Taylor, Workes:
      Some till their throats ake cry alowd and hollo, To aucupate great favors from Apollo.
    • 1831, The Westminster Review, volume 15, page 62:
      Except for the purpose of vain pageants, designed to aucupate benefices, by cajoling the patrons, the University of Oxford has long ceased to exist.




  1. vocative masculine singular of aucupātus